Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun direction

9 senses of direction

Sense 1
direction, way -- (a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home")
       => path, route, itinerary -- (an established line of travel or access)

Sense 2
direction -- (the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind")
       => position, spatial relation -- (the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage")

Sense 3
direction -- (a general course along which something has a tendency to develop; "I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts"; "his ideals determined the direction of his career"; "they proposed a new direction for the firm")
       => inclination, disposition, tendency -- (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict")

Sense 4
guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction -- (something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action)
       => message, content, subject matter, substance -- (what a communication that is about something is about)

Sense 5
management, direction -- (the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?")
       => social control -- (control exerted (actively or passively) by group action)

Sense 6
direction, instruction -- (a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them")
       => message, content, subject matter, substance -- (what a communication that is about something is about)

Sense 7
steering, guidance, direction -- (the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was installed under the direction of the king")
       => control -- (the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable")

Sense 8
commission, charge, direction -- (a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury")
       => command, bid, bidding, dictation -- (an authoritative direction or instruction to do something)

Sense 9
focus, focusing, focussing, focal point, direction, centering -- (the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life")
       => concentration, engrossment, absorption, immersion -- (complete attention; intense mental effort)

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